This road trip started like any other... late evening hours spent driving to Red Cliffs Campground in Utah. This campground is located near St. George and ran by the BLM. Campsites are $15.00 per day and first come first serve. There are 11 campsites, each with a shaded picnic area which is a huge bonus in the summer Utah heat. We arrived at 1:30am and had no problem finding a spot as there were only two other sites occupied as far as we could tell. We set up the camera and photographed the stars late into the night, sleeping with no cover on the tent so we could see the twinkling sky, and awoke to blazing red cliffs as the sun rose. It was perfectly beautiful.
While there are many trails at Red Cliffs we decided to drive out to a hike I have been dying to do for ages. We made a quick stop at a historical point at the entrance of the campground which turned out to give an informational overview of the history of the town and it's homes. We drove through the red cliffs and soon arrived in Kanarraville. Here we would hike a short slot canyon called Kanarra Falls or Kanarra Creek trail. This is considered part of Zion National Park and is located outside of Zion in the North Kolab area. Directions and trail head information can be found at the end of the blog. The trail is approximately 2.8 miles out and back. The first 3/4 is walking up a dirt road to the first stream crossing. From there the trail follows the stream crossing it here and there. The water was COLD. Probably colder than any other water I have hiked through. Either I warmed up or my toes went numb because eventually it didn't bother me. For a short hike this small slot canyon was gorgeous. The first falls is a beautiful spot with a ladder on the right hand side. We were there on a Friday and arrived at the same time a family reunion did. Shout out to the Parkers if they find this blog! While a very large group they were extremely polite and fun to be around. We stood in line patiently waiting to climb the ladder (someone had added nails for more stability. Just make your way slowly and you should be fine. All ages were making the trek) and make our way beyond to the natural rock slide. Some say this is where the hike gets difficult. You are in the water continuing through the slot canyon, but we did not find it difficult or slippery. We arrived at the second falls and watched the kids sliding down the rock slide. Normally I would have joined in, but I felt like taking a different point of view and just watching. Listening to the giggles and laughs of the kids as they splashed in was nice. We decided to skip the last waterfall as it seemed to only be getting more crowded from other arrivals and we wanted to get on the road.
We headed north three and a half hours to fifth water hot springs. With two main waterfalls and a series of hot springs along this trail we were kind of in heaven. The hot springs were just what our bodies called for after the long hours spent driving. NOTE* These hot springs are NOT NUDE hot springs. Signs are posted requesting bathing suits during use. We saw many young people here as well as many church groups. Please be respectful. The lower waterfall comes right down into the main soaking pool. The hot springs vary in temperature and we quickly found that the greyer/deep blue colored springs were typically the hottest and we couldn't sit in them, but the lighter blues cooled down nicely from the waterfall and we were able to lie in them. Further up the trail is a second double tiered waterfall a little more picturesque. While there are no hot springs directly under these falls there are a few deep pools before you get to the top of the first falls. They were lukewarm and a refreshing dip. We did not know of the third falls until we came home and I researched a bit more. Delayed research much? Eh. As the sun began to set our soak came to an end and so began our long drive to the Utah/Idaho border where we would crash hard for the night. No sleep road trips... that's what I'm calling my road trips from now on.